I worked for 4 years for a man who was between his 36th and 40th year as boss. Things ran really smoothly under his benign control, boy.
He retired at the end of my 4th year. 6 months of searching ensued during which all of us, in a panic, hoped and sought for any way for anyone to be hired except his 14-year second in command, a man whom we all knew well.
His second in command got the job, and promptly fired us all. Since he did not have authority to fire us, he relieved us of all duties instead, and recommended we finish our leftover work. I can read, thank you.
He then reinstated only the people who were not married. He wanted total devotion.
It put me through stress I never expected to reach the levels it did, and the stress lasted for about 2 months.
It was seriously miserable to endure through those months until the next job.
He is currently losing the job, three and a half years later.
This is putting me through joy like I cannot describe.
If you’re never fired unjustly, you will never know this joy.
Worth being fired for this.
I do envy the Doper who was fired for insubordination, though.